Getting Back on Track

Getting Back on Track

30 Day Blogging Challenge #28

I have a marathon in 5 days. 5 days, holy shit. 

Do you want to hear something brutal?

From November 02 to November November 12, I was physically not able to run.  What do I mean? I mean I was put onto an antibiotic for an overseen stomach infection that got out of hand.  The antibiotic I was put onto is called Ciprofloxacin.  I couldn’t stomach more than white rice and chicken broth for those ten days.  The little fuel was not what was holding me back from running, what was holding me back was the incredibly high risk of rupturing my Achilles’ Tendon’s when running while taking Cipro.  While the risk is significantly high, there is no research that can help figure out additional factors that put you in the highest risk category so after talking to my parents and some doctors it was decided that running was simply not an option, rupturing an Achilles’ is the last thing any athlete wants.  There was actually talk of me not running my marathon on November 20, but that dispersed quite quickly after my input– I have been training for 18 weeks, I have given up too much to just give in.

Now, I am going to stop babbling and get to the main part of this article which is how to get back on track when unexpected hiccups hit you.  I’m fine now, I’m dandy… in whatever sense it can be.  Sure, the risk is still there for me, but I am off the abx so the chance of tendon rupture is significantly lower.  I’m just going to have to exercise listening to my body on race day and stopping if need be.

I want to share with you some of the things I did to get back on track, and some of the tips I got from friends.

Before I get started, I want to make one thing clear– these tips are not solely for getting back on track with training, these apply to all tracks you want to get back on.  

  1.  Be kind to yourself.  Don’t dwell on the fact that you were off the track at some point.  Move on. The longer you dwell, the more you are holding yourself back.
  2.  Don’t overdo it.  When you jump back in, do it rationally.  Do not try to make up for lost time by going in too aggressive.  Take it slow, think before you act, and listen to your body– it knows best. 
  3. Do not get frustrated.  Stemming from #2, do not get frustrated if you are not exactly where you left off, do not get frustrated that you can’t leap ahead.  Just because something isn’t optimal in your perspective, does not mean it is not beneficial and pushing you forward along your journey.
  4. Keep an open mind.  Things may,  or may not, have changed.  Your thoughts and goals may have changed.  Be open to the idea that your journey may be a slightly different path now based on how your thoughts have changed.  THAT’S OKAY.  The ability to change is the beauty in an adventure.
  5. Recommit.  Yes, there was a reason you were taken off the track for a bit, but now you are back so commit yourself to being back! If that means scheduling time into your day to focus on your goal, that’s what you have to do.  If that means taking a few moments each morning to remind yourself of where you are and where you want to be, that’s what you have to do.

Most importantly, remember the post I wrote a few weeks back called Turning Your Setbacks into Stepping Stones because your time off the tracks happened for a reason, everything happens for a reason.  The decision is yours to choose if you will come back stronger, or let it hold you back.



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